Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project
Abstract: In this thesis, I describe the growing trend of Hispanic Protestants migrating to Anglo-Protestant churches specifically throughout the churches of the Spanish Eastern District of the Assemblies of God. I have chosen a problem-solving methodology called the Pastoral Circle. It involves observing reality or the experience of people and then seeking a solution to their problems in the light of the contributions of the Christian faith and social analysis. I identify the values that should be central to our understanding and reflect theologically and biblically in order to identify the Biblical models that provide the basis for the implementation of a holistic multicultural ministry. I look at the historical patterns of assimilation of the various ethnic groups as seen in America, as well as briefly review the history of Hispanic Protestantism specifically the Spanish Eastern District of the Assemblies of God. I also examine some of the factors that contribute to Hispanic Protestant migration to Anglo Protestant Churches. I then propose a pastoral plan which includes defining the qualities needed within the fellowship of Hispanic Protestant clergy to implement a holistic multicultural ministry, as well as present a twophase model of holistic multicultural ministry that should serve to show new ways for traditional Hispanic Protestant churches to meet the needs of its multicultural congregants. Finally, I present the measures that determine whether the model is effective and successful, as well as celebrate the solution developed by the pastoral circle process in order to reverse the trend seen in Hispanic Protestant churches today.